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Vietnam Part 2: Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An

Vietnam Part 2: Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An

After we got food poisoning and missed our train :(, we hopped on a flight from Hanoi to Hue. Hue is an interesting city. It feels quite small compared to Hanoi (because it is). We arrived in the rain, and wandered around the area on our way to the palace.   The castle complex is pretty amazing even though it was destroyed by the Americans during the American War. It’s a much newer palace than what I am accustomed to…

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Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

For my birthday, Rachel and I went to Vietnam. We had both always wanted to go and there was a very cheap plane ticket from NY. We were going to see my grandfather for his birthday anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, as cheap tickets usually go, it was not the most direct flight… JFK-DTW-ICN-HAN. Let me just say, that DTW-ICN leg was a bear. On the plus side, it was on the soon-to-retire Delta 747-400s. After…

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Singapore: Day 2

Singapore: Day 2

After a whirlwind day 1, I managed to again wake up early and hit the streets. To be honest, the city itself was kind of boring and expensive. I had two goals, hit a quality hawker stall, and make it to the┬áSungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Food first. I had heard there was this amazing food hawker, Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee. It was in Hong Lim Food Market, which, as far as I can tell wasn’t as popular as…

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Singapore: Day 1

Singapore: Day 1

In October, I found a super-cheap flight to Singapore on flyertalk’s Mileage Run forum. I’d never been on a mileage run and I really wanted to be Platinum Medallion again, so I thought I would go for it. A “true” mileage run is no nights in a hotel, but this trip was going to be 24+ hours of flights each way. I sure as hell wasn’t going all the way to Singapore to sit in the airport! I decided to…

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